Air India's first Dreamliner to land in Delhi
The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner for national carrier Air India will land at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport on Saturday evening.
Air India was to get possession of the 256-seater aircraft in 2008, but it was delayed due to logistical issues.
According to Air India sources, the Dreamliner will fly on short and medium, selected domestic and international routes for the next two months before covering long distances.
"The aircraft will fly on Delhi-Dubai route and in domestic, it will use routes like Delhi-Kolkata, Delhi -Bangalore and Delhi-Amritsar," said sources.
The Air India said the Dreamliner will fly to long-haul routes like Australia, Europe, Japan and the US after November.
Two more Dreamliner aircrafts will join Air India in the next two weeks from the Boeing facility at Charleston, South Carolina in the US.
Civil Aviation Ajit Singh on Friday said 65 pilots have been selected so far to fly the Dreamliner aircraft.
"The criteria adopted for their selection is that the pilot should be less than 53 years as on 1.5.2012 to be able to serve Air India for a minimum of five years after the training," said Singh.
Air India, which had ordered 27 Dreamliners six years ago, said it plans to bring in eight more aircrafts by March 2013.
Air India Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Rohit Nandan said: "The B-787s will allow Air India to open new routes in a dynamic marketplace and provide the best in-flight experience for our passengers."
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a long-range, mid-size wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner developed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
It seats 210 to 290 passengers, depending on the variant.
Boeing states that it is the company's most fuel-efficient airliner and the world's first major airliner to use composite materials for most of its construction.
According to Boeing, the 787 consumes 20pc less fuel than the similarly-sized 767.
Its distinguishing features include a four-panel windshield, noise-reducing chevrons on its engine nacelles, and a smoother nose contour.
The 787 shares a common type rating with the larger 777 twinjet, allowing qualified pilots to operate both models, due to related design features.